Shichi-Go-San 2018: Celebrate Growth and Good Health of Children At The School by Jaya One

 

Japanese festival will be an eye-opening cultural experience that will bring families together

 

PETALING JAYA,  20 October 2018 — This November, children aged 7, 5 and 3 will be celebrating an annual traditional rite of passage, Shichi-Go-San at The School by Jaya One. In Japan, odd numbers are considered lucky. During this 2-day event, girls who are 3 and 7, and boys who are 5, dress up in their finest clothings to join the rite’s customary blessing ceremony conducted by special guest, Takebe Masahide -- a shrine priest from Ikimi Tenmangu, the oldest shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Parents can look forward to bringing their children to learn and experience this cultural festival on 3rd and 4th November at The School by Jaya One from 10am to 6pm on both days.

“We are excited to host this festival for the third year. We would like to expose this beautiful culture to families and children -- it will be a cultural exchange to build stronger ties between Japan and Malaysia,” said Charles Wong, Executive Director of Tetap Tiara Sdn Bhd, the developer of The School by Jaya One.

Traditionally, Shichi-Go-San is held annually on 15 November where parents would take their children to shrines to be blessed for good health. Children will receive “Chitose-Ame”, a long candy stick wrapped in a long candy bag decorated with symbols of luck, crane, tortoise, cricket and bamboo.

The School will be transformed into a Japanese-themed setting, ideal for family photo taking, and will feature various activities -- including yukata dressing and photo taking, various workshops such as Origami making, furoshiki (cloth gift wrapping) and Ikebana (Japanese flower arragement), sushi making classes, a Yukata x Kebaya fashion show, and traditional dances. Shoppers can learn the Japan Olympics 2020 dance too!  Due to popular demand, there will be a tuna cutting show and auction -- so shoppers can bid for their favourite part of meat. 

The festival is supported by the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, I Am Nikon, Yaezakura Japanese Traditional Music & Dance Group, Jetro, Gemini Creation and Malswisse Beauty School.

Parents can register their children for the prayer ceremony at bit.ly/Shichi-Go-SanCeremony2018 and workshops at bit.ly/Shichi-Go-SanWorkshop2018.

 
Jacinta Johnson